A recent pedestrian accident in Asheville left an out-of-town man suffering from some serious, life-threatening injuries. The man, from Raleigh, was walking along Haywood Street right by North French Broad Avenue when he was struck by a passing pickup truck. According to the Citizen-Times, the accident happened just before 3:00 p.m.
After the collision, the visiting man was taken to Mission Hospital and was later admitted into the intensive care unit. No charges have been filed against the driver involved in the accident.
Our Asheville pedestrian accident lawyers understand that these kinds of accidents are much more likely during this time of the year. As we head into the heart of May, the weather is warming up, kids will be let out of school and residents, as well as visitors, will be spending more time outdoors. With all of these factors lining up, risks for pedestrian accidents skyrocket. More and more people will be hitting our roadways for some fun, some exercise and some time spent in the sun. It’s what we wait for all year. It’s important though, that we make this time of year the safest ever. We need to keep our mind on safety above all else. Walkers, joggers and bikers are urged to be extremely cautious when walking near our roadways and when walking near motor vehicle traffic. One false move can return deadly results.
Luckily, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is here to offer residents and visitors with some important safety tips for those who choose to walk around the state. Walking is a simple, easy, convenient and cost-effective way to get to many of the local attractions. It helps to keep us in shape, it helps to cut down on traffic congestion and it helps to save some money. Review the following tips and share them with your loved ones to help keep everyone safe this summer.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
-Try to walk in areas that have sidewalks or separate path that are away from traffic.
-If you can’t walk on a sidewalk or a pathway, walk as far from moving vehicles as possible and walk facing oncoming traffic.
-Limit the number of times you cross the road if possible.
-Avoid walking near busy or fast-traveling roadways.
-Always know your surroundings. You’re urged to even keep an eye out for drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
-Obey all traffic signs and signals just as you would if you were in a car.
-Always cross the street using a crosswalk or at an intersection.
-Always look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
-Make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross the road.
-Always walk, never run, across the street.
-Keep looking for traffic in all directions as you cross the road.
-Wear bright-colored clothing to help make yourself more visible to motorists.
-Avoid walking at night. Bring a flashlight if you must.
If you or a family member has been killed or seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Rock Hill, Charlotte, or in any of the nearby areas, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free and confidential consultations to victims and their families so call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule an appointment today.
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